Joel Katelnikoff is today's Found Poetry Review prompt person. Basically, we're to find some text that we really, truly dislike, then find something within it that we love.
- Reread the last book that you’ve hated, committing yourself to love it.
- Do not expect to experience this love in a linear and continuous manner.
- Read quickly, ignoring every element of the text that you might detest.
- Flag every element of the text that you are capable of appreciating.
- Transcribe all flagged materials.
First, I have to say I find this a tad awkward because if I had access to some of the books I've read, or read part of, and hated, I'd have to dis them, wouldn't I? And I'm not necessarily comfortable doing that. I figure anyone who's managed to get it together enough to pen some sort of book and get it published is a step ahead of me. Also, if I was closer to the books I have at home, boy could I find some dillies, but I'm still in Mexico (another week) and, well, I guess I could go look at the books I pulled out of the shelving unit and stashed on the top of it when we first got here as I needed more space for kitchen stuff. If the books went to the top of the case it was because I had less than no interest in them. So let's go see what I can find there.
You'll note how I carefully arranged them so I wouldn't be able to see the titles. Pulling a few out just now revealed several NY Times Best Sellers and such. It's a personal taste thing, I guess. And I'm going to stop apologizing now and find me some text I can seriously dislike!
First, I looked up some transcripts of Drumph-speak but it would take me until the middle of next year to find anything to love there.
And then I remembered this one: The Total Woman: How to Make Your Marriage Come Alive by Marabel Morgan. First published in 1973. I remember a copy of it making its way into the house a bunch of us shared and how we howled, with laughter both amused and indignant, as we read bits of it aloud to each other. I was able to find enough quotations from the book online to work with the prompt.
"I was told it should be geared to a fifth-grade reading level. I didn't have to worry about that. I'm a two-syllable person." said Marabel.
All righty, then. Here I go, flagging and transcribing.
Strawberries for Breakfast
A candle loses nothing,
goes in circles.
When a woman is willing
she becomes beautiful, a jewel,
the days sunny, nights star-studded,
strawberries for breakfast, kissable.
a lighted candle
before he comes home.
I saw, I adored him.
I like the feeling of my home.
Man, I was tickled! I wanted him!
I didn’t have to worry;
I’m a person.
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